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Wed 20 Mar
Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Educator will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Please meet at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Wed 20 Mar
Full Moon Hike
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Educator will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Please meet at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Thu 21 Mar
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Held at 10am and 2pm.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 21 Mar
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Held at 10am and 2pm.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 21 Mar
Winter Walk and Bingo
Thursday, March 21, 2019 02:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join us for a hike around Creekside Classroom to look for signs of winter. Snowshoes will be provided if necessary. If the weather is nicer we can look for signs of spring with spring bingo. This is for children of all ages. This is a free event. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.
Registration: Required
Thu 21 Mar
Library Series: Battle of Bennington at East Greenbush Library
Thursday, March 21, 2019 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

3/21/19- East Greenbush Library

In the summer of 1777, an invading army under British General Burgoyne threatened to capture Albany and to cut off New England from the other rebellious colonies. Challenged by the logistics of continuing his advance, Burgoyne sent a detachment commanded by Lt. Col. Baum to capture stores held in Bennington. Expecting little in the way of resistance, Crown forces instead were delivered a decisive check by General Stark, who commanded a collection of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire state militias in two fierce engagements. Victory at Bennington paved the way for victory in the Battles of Saratoga and ultimately in the war itself. Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the history of the Battle of Bennington, drawing from contemporary source material and archaeology. The presentation will also touch on how the battle has been commemorated and interpreted over time.

About the Presenter: David Pitlyk has served as the Historic Site Assistant for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Bennington Battlefield since 2015. He previously worked as the Interpretation Coordinator for the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS SLATER) and graduated from The University at Albany with degrees in history and education.

Fri 22 Mar
Wetland Hike
Friday, March 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 22 Mar
Wetland Hike
Friday, March 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 22 Mar
Signs of Spring Walk
Friday, March 22, 2019 02:30 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a naturalist for a guided nature walk in search of vernal beginnings. Welcome to people of all ages and all experience levels. This event is free and meets at the Creekside Classroom. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
Nature Hike
Saturday, March 23, 2019 01:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a skilled naturalist for a walk in the park searching for signs of wildlife. Lately we’ve spied porcupines and mink in the area. Who knows what you might find! No registration necessary. Hikes meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m. Snowshoes are available for use.
Sat 23 Mar
Eagle Watch
Saturday, March 23, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and join a park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
Eagle Watch
Saturday, March 23, 2019 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Grab a pair of binoculars and join a park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health, please come and help us! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
Watercolor Basics for Kids at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Explore the fluid nature of watercolor paints! Using watercolor paints and everyday household items we will experiment with colors and textures to create fun, vibrant pieces. Make a set of technique cards to take home and then work on your own nature-inspired watercolor painting. This program is appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. Materials fee is $5 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
Spring Salutations Saunter
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Explore the fields and forests of Mine Kill State Park as we seek out signs of the new season. What plants will be popping up? What birds will we encounter? Join us to find out! This program is free and open to the public, and is appropriate for children ages 7 and up. Please wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the Park Office.

Sat 23 Mar
Watercolor Basics for Kids at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Explore the fluid nature of watercolor paints! Using watercolor paints and everyday household items we will experiment with colors and textures to create fun, vibrant pieces. Make a set of technique cards to take home and then work on your own nature-inspired watercolor painting. This program is appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. Materials fee is $5 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 23 Mar
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, March 23, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m
Sat 23 Mar
Busy Beavers
Saturday, March 23, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Learn about all the great things these forest workers do to create a healthy habitat for themselves and many other creatures. Weather permitting, we will take a 25 minute walk to a beaver habitat to see the lodges that beavers at Grafton build! $2/person or $5/family. Pre-register: (518-279-1155)
Registration: Optional
Sun 24 Mar
Nature Hike
Sunday, March 24, 2019 01:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a skilled naturalist for a walk in the park searching for signs of wildlife. Lately we’ve spied porcupines and mink in the area. Who knows what you might find! No registration necessary. Hikes meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m. Snowshoes are available for use.
Sun 24 Mar
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, March 24, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m
Sun 24 Mar
Spring Blossoms Painting Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, March 24, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join artist and teacher Noreen Powell for a relaxed, guided painting workshop. Think ‘spring’ as you paint lively pink blossoms along graceful tree branches! Participants will go home with a completed acrylic painting. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Materials fee is $10 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register and for more information.
Registration: Required
Sun 24 Mar
Spring Blossoms Painting Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, March 24, 2019 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join artist and teacher Noreen Powell for a relaxed, guided painting workshop. Think ‘spring’ as you paint lively pink blossoms along graceful tree branches! Participants will go home with a completed acrylic painting. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Materials fee is $10 per person. Please call 518-872-0800 to register and for more information.
Registration: Required
Mon 25 Mar
Library Series: Battle of Bennington at Cohoes Public Library
Monday, March 25, 2019 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

3/25/19- Cohoes Public Library

In the summer of 1777, an invading army under British General Burgoyne threatened to capture Albany and to cut off New England from the other rebellious colonies. Challenged by the logistics of continuing his advance, Burgoyne sent a detachment commanded by Lt. Col. Baum to capture stores held in Bennington. Expecting little in the way of resistance, Crown forces instead were delivered a decisive check by General Stark, who commanded a collection of Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire state militias in two fierce engagements. Victory at Bennington paved the way for victory in the Battles of Saratoga and ultimately in the war itself. Historic Site Assistant David Pitlyk will deliver a presentation on the history of the Battle of Bennington, drawing from contemporary source material and archaeology. The presentation will also touch on how the battle has been commemorated and interpreted over time.

About the Presenter: David Pitlyk has served as the Historic Site Assistant for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Bennington Battlefield since 2015. He previously worked as the Interpretation Coordinator for the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS SLATER) and graduated from The University at Albany with degrees in history and education.
Wed 27 Mar
Potter’s Point Hike
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Wed 27 Mar
Potter’s Point Hike
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Thu 28 Mar
Waterfall Hike
Thursday, March 28, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join us for a nice hike along our Waterfall trail. Don’t let the name fool you as this trail offers some small waterfalls when the stream is flowing. We will park at Lake Bonita and hike down our Waterfall trail. This hike is a short hike at about 2 miles.
Thu 28 Mar
Waterfall Hike
Thursday, March 28, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join us for a nice hike along our Waterfall trail. Don’t let the name fool you as this trail offers some small waterfalls when the stream is flowing. We will park at Lake Bonita and hike down our Waterfall trail. This hike is a short hike at about 2 miles.
Thu 28 Mar
Book Club at the Welcome Center
Thursday, March 28, 2019 06:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join us for a discussion on Frans de Waal’s “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” Please use the park’s winter entrance off Long Pond Road as the main gate will be closed. New members always welcome!
Fri 29 Mar
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Friday, March 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Children and their families are invited to visit the Creekside Classroom and enjoy a free nature scavenger hunt! No registration necessary. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 for more information.
Sat 30 Mar
Nature Hike
Saturday, March 30, 2019 01:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a skilled naturalist for a walk in the park searching for signs of wildlife. Lately we’ve spied porcupines and mink in the area. Who knows what you might find! No registration necessary. Hikes meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m. Snowshoes are available for use.
Sat 30 Mar
Watch Out for Your Backyard Birds
Saturday, March 30, 2019 09:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Help keep track of birds nesting around your home. Learn how to take part in NestWatch, a community science program originally launched by Cornell University. Pre-register: (518)-279-1155.
Sat 30 Mar
Clifftop Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Take in the views from the cliff edge on this early spring walk. We’ll take the Long Path out to Hailes Cave and walk the escarpment trail back, stopping to take in a cliff top perspective of the Indian Ladder Trail and the rushing waters of Outlet and Mine Lot Falls. Walk is about 1.5 miles in length and is over fairly level terrain. Trail may be muddy in some places, and weather could be damp, so dress for conditions. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Mar
Moreau Overlook Hike
Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Sat 30 Mar
Moreau Overlook Hike
Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Sat 30 Mar
Clifftop Walk at Thacher Park
Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Take in the views from the cliff edge on this early spring walk. We’ll take the Long Path out to Hailes Cave and walk the escarpment trail back, stopping to take in a cliff top perspective of the Indian Ladder Trail and the rushing waters of Outlet and Mine Lot Falls. Walk is about 1.5 miles in length and is over fairly level terrain. Trail may be muddy in some places, and weather could be damp, so dress for conditions. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Mar
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, March 30, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m
Sun 31 Mar
Nature Hike
Sunday, March 31, 2019 01:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a skilled naturalist for a walk in the park searching for signs of wildlife. Lately we’ve spied porcupines and mink in the area. Who knows what you might find! No registration necessary. Hikes meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m. Snowshoes are available for use.
Sun 31 Mar
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, March 31, 2019 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a tour guide to learn about the mineral springs in the park. Cups will be provided for tasting the springs. No registration necessary. Tours meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 11a.m
Mon 01 Apr
April Fool’s Day Hike
Monday, April 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Come on this family friendly hike around the lake as we stop to discuss different ways animals “trick” their predators from finding or eating them. Some animals camouflage, while others are poisonous, or maybe they mimic other, scarier animals. There is even a native to our park that likes to play dead! Please call the office to make reservations, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office where you will pay for the event. Adults are $2, children and seniors are $1. Hope to see you there!
Registration: Required
Mon 01 Apr
April Fool’s Day Hike
Monday, April 1, 2019 10:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Come on this family friendly hike around the lake as we stop to discuss different ways animals “trick” their predators from finding or eating them. Some animals camouflage, while others are poisonous, or maybe they mimic other, scarier animals. There is even a native to our park that likes to play dead! Please call the office to make reservations, 518-793-0511. We will meet at the park office where you will pay for the event. Adults are $2, children and seniors are $1. Hope to see you there!
Registration: Required
Tue 02 Apr
Lake Bonita to Lake Ann Hike
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A Park Educator will lead this hike through part of the woods over at Lake Bonita to Lake Ann. This is a bit of a longer hike but on rather flat land with some ups and downs. This hike will take us about 2.5 miles one way to a beautiful bog. There is a lean to at Lake Ann that we can stop and have lunch at. Make sure to bring some water. Please call for reservations with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.
Registration: Required
Tue 02 Apr
Lake Bonita to Lake Ann Hike
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A Park Educator will lead this hike through part of the woods over at Lake Bonita to Lake Ann. This is a bit of a longer hike but on rather flat land with some ups and downs. This hike will take us about 2.5 miles one way to a beautiful bog. There is a lean to at Lake Ann that we can stop and have lunch at. Make sure to bring some water. Please call for reservations with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.
Registration: Required
Thu 04 Apr
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

10:00a.m. AND 2:00p.m.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.
Registration: Required
Thu 04 Apr
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

10:00a.m. AND 2:00p.m.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.
Registration: Required
Thu 04 Apr
Bark up a Tree
Thursday, April 4, 2019 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Bring the whole family on this 2-3-mile dog friendly hike. Please make sure your dog is well behaved and leashed. We will start at the office. Trail subject to change according to weather and trail conditions. Please call to reserve your spot 24-hour advanced notice at 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

Registration: Required
Thu 04 Apr
Bark up a Tree
Thursday, April 4, 2019 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Bring the whole family on this 2-3-mile dog friendly hike. Please make sure your dog is well behaved and leashed. We will start at the office. Trail subject to change according to weather and trail conditions. Please call to reserve your spot 24-hour advanced notice at 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

Registration: Required
Fri 05 Apr
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Friday, April 5, 2019 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Fri 05 Apr
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Friday, April 5, 2019 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Apr
Kids’ Day at Peebles Island State Park
Saturday, April 6, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

Join us for our second annual Kids' Day at Peebles Island. Learn about the animals who live in the Park by studying their tracks, pelts, and skulls. Create a creature using a variety of art and craft supplies. Make a compass and learn about geocaching. Take home a bird feeder for the feathered friends in your yard.

Learn about the Island with a short, guided walk. Relax in our study center and take advantage of our nature library. Free informational pamphlets will be available to take home.

Back by popular demand! Build a bluebird house! There is a limited number of houses available. REGISTRATION is a MUST to build a house. Register by email at friendsofpeebles@gmail.com. Families welcome. One birdhouse per family. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A $3.00 materials fee is requested to build a house.

Sat 06 Apr
Waterfall Trail Hike
Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

We will start this hike over at the Lake Bonita parking area. From there we will hike the Lake Bonita trail towards the Waterfall trail. We will hike down the Waterfall trail making it a little less challenging and end at the Spring overlook parking area where we will shuttle cars back to Lake Bonita. Program fees apply. Please call the park office with 24-hours advanced notice to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Apr
Waterfall Trail Hike
Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

We will start this hike over at the Lake Bonita parking area. From there we will hike the Lake Bonita trail towards the Waterfall trail. We will hike down the Waterfall trail making it a little less challenging and end at the Spring overlook parking area where we will shuttle cars back to Lake Bonita. Program fees apply. Please call the park office with 24-hours advanced notice to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Mon 08 Apr
Friends Meeting
Monday, April 8, 2019 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support and promotion of environmental education programs and other activities at Moreau Lake State Park. Come to the monthly meetings where we will discuss our next events and general members’ information. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held in the Nature Center.
Mon 08 Apr
Friends Meeting
Monday, April 8, 2019 07:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

The Friends of Moreau Lake State Park is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support and promotion of environmental education programs and other activities at Moreau Lake State Park. Come to the monthly meetings where we will discuss our next events and general members’ information. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held in the Nature Center.
Tue 09 Apr
Potters Point Hike
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Tue 09 Apr
Potters Point Hike
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Thu 11 Apr
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Thursday, April 11, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.
Registration: Required
Thu 11 Apr
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Thursday, April 11, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead as we hike along this steep but short hike up to the Spring Overlook. This almost mile long trek one way is one of the favorites at the park. Once at the top you will see a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Apr
Moreau Overlook Hike
Friday, April 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Registration: Required
Fri 12 Apr
Moreau Overlook Hike
Friday, April 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Apr
Sinkholes, Caves, and Springs: Karst Landscape in Thacher Park
Saturday, April 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

The limestone in Thacher Park was formed about 400 million years ago! See how these rocks have dissolved over time and explore interesting features like sinkholes, caves, and springs. Learn about the basic chemistry behind why these features exist and how the geology of the park has influenced the landscape. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Visitor Center. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Apr
Spring Scavenger Hunt at the Welcome Center
Saturday, April 13, 2019 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Drop-in anytime between 10am and 3pm at the Welcome Center to participate in the spring scavenger hunt! Start at the front desk, then go outside to enjoy some spring weather and an active challenge around the building or out on the trails! Family friendly and all ages welcome.
Sat 13 Apr
Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Come to this spring event that is free for the whole family! There will be games, crafts and refreshments including a scavenger hunt and egg coloring. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 793-0511.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Apr
Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Come to this spring event that is free for the whole family! There will be games, crafts and refreshments including a scavenger hunt and egg coloring. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 793-0511.
Registration: Required
Sat 13 Apr
Sinkholes, Caves, and Springs: Karst Landscape in Thacher Park
Saturday, April 13, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

The limestone in Thacher Park was formed about 400 million years ago! See how these rocks have dissolved over time and explore interesting features like sinkholes, caves, and springs. Learn about the basic chemistry behind why these features exist and how the geology of the park has influenced the landscape. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Visitor Center. Walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Mon 15 Apr
Lake Bonita Hike
Monday, April 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Mon 15 Apr
Lake Bonita Hike
Monday, April 15, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Wed 17 Apr
Moreau Overlook Hike
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Registration: Required
Wed 17 Apr
Moreau Overlook Hike
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This hike is one of our most strenuous here at Moreau. We will be hiking 0.9 miles up to the beautiful view of Moreau Lake. This is a steep hike and towards the end it gets a bit rocky. Bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch to eat at the overlook. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office, $1 for 62+ and children, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Expert
Registration: Required
Thu 18 Apr
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

10:00a.m. AND 2:00p.m.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 18 Apr
Knee High Naturalist
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

10:00a.m. AND 2:00p.m.

This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.

Registration: Required
Thu 18 Apr
Turkey Path Hike
Thursday, April 18, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This moderate hike scales half-way up the Palmertown mountain range. Learn from the park educator how this trail got its name. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Thu 18 Apr
Turkey Path Hike
Thursday, April 18, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This moderate hike scales half-way up the Palmertown mountain range. Learn from the park educator how this trail got its name. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Fees apply. Rating: Moderate
Registration: Required
Fri 19 Apr
Full Moon Hike
Friday, April 19, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 19 Apr
Full Moon Hike
Friday, April 19, 2019 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Apr
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Please bring a donation to support Kelly’s work. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.
Sat 20 Apr
Birds and Bagels at the Welcome Center
Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Enjoy a bagel while observing our most active spring friends– the birds! $3 per person. Ages 8+. Program will be held inside. Pre-register: (518)-279-1155 and let us know what kind of bagel you would like.
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Apr
Potter Point Hike
Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Apr
Potter Point Hike
Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Take a walk in the woods on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Meet and pay at the park office. $1 for kids and anyone over 62, $2 for everyone else. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Sat 20 Apr
Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal and learn about where and how they live. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin will introduce some of the birds of prey and other animals in her care. Learn what to do if you find an abandoned or injured animal and how to help prevent wildlife emergencies. Please bring a donation to support Kelly’s work. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.
Mon 22 Apr
Earth Day Back Pond Hike and Craft
Monday, April 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Come enjoy the outdoors for Earth Day! We will go for a fun easy hike along the back pond and then do a fun Earth day craft. Please call the park office to reserve a spot with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. $1 for children and seniors, $2 for adults.
Registration: Required
Mon 22 Apr
Earth Day Back Pond Hike and Craft
Monday, April 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Come enjoy the outdoors for Earth Day! We will go for a fun easy hike along the back pond and then do a fun Earth day craft. Please call the park office to reserve a spot with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. $1 for children and seniors, $2 for adults.
Registration: Required
Wed 24 Apr
Build a Nest Box at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Invite beautiful Bluebirds or mosquito-eating Tree Swallows into your yard! Our kits are pre-cut and pre-drilled, all hardware included. You will learn how to correctly place and monitor your nest box. This program is open to adults and children of all ages. Materials fee is $8. Bring a cordless drill with a screw bit and join the fun! Each child registered must be accompanied by an adult. Call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve your kit.
Registration: Required
Wed 24 Apr
Build a Nest Box at Thacher Nature Center
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Invite beautiful Bluebirds or mosquito-eating Tree Swallows into your yard! Our kits are pre-cut and pre-drilled, all hardware included. You will learn how to correctly place and monitor your nest box. This program is open to adults and children of all ages. Materials fee is $8. Bring a cordless drill with a screw bit and join the fun! Each child registered must be accompanied by an adult. Call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve your kit.
Registration: Required
Thu 25 Apr
Trout Discovery Day
Thursday, April 25, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Come help us release trout into the park’s ponds! Bring a bucket for your fish friend, and be ready for some fun fishy activities too! Event meets at the Deerfield Pavilion. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-registration required: (518)-279-1155.
Registration: Required
Thu 25 Apr
Kids River Adventure
Thursday, April 25, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join us on a family friendly event for the kids! We will be hiking through the woods along the Hudson river on a little adventure to some cool spots. Please call the park office to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. $1 for children and seniors, $2 for adults.
Registration: Required
Thu 25 Apr
Kids River Adventure
Thursday, April 25, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join us on a family friendly event for the kids! We will be hiking through the woods along the Hudson river on a little adventure to some cool spots. Please call the park office to reserve your spot, 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. $1 for children and seniors, $2 for adults.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Spotlight on the Spotted Salamander at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Why did the Spotted Salamander cross the road? Learn more about Thacher Park’s unofficial mascot with an up-close and personal encounter and take a hike to check out a vernal pool. Appropriate for adults and children ages 6 and up. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Wetland Walk
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Secret Life of Snakes
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Don’t fear our friendly snakes. Come and learn about the various kinds we take care of right here in our nature center that are also found in our park. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay, $1 for seniors and children, $2 for adults, at the park office.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Wetland Walk
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Secret Life of Snakes
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Don’t fear our friendly snakes. Come and learn about the various kinds we take care of right here in our nature center that are also found in our park. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay, $1 for seniors and children, $2 for adults, at the park office.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Spotlight on the Spotted Salamander at Thacher Nature Center
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Why did the Spotted Salamander cross the road? Learn more about Thacher Park’s unofficial mascot with an up-close and personal encounter and take a hike to check out a vernal pool. Appropriate for adults and children ages 6 and up. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Apr
Tree, Tree, Hooray! at the Welcome Center
Friday, April 26, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join us in celebrating Arbor Day by showing your tall forest friends some love! Enjoy a tree-themed craft and an outdoor walk (weather permitting). Family friendly. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-register: 518-279-1155.
Registration: Optional
Sat 27 Apr
Early Spring Wildflowers at Thacher Park
Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Woodland wildflowers known as spring ephemerals bloom on the forest floor before the trees leaf out and block the sun. The season is short and the blooms of some delicate flowers can disappear in days. We’ll look for early bloomers like hepatica, coltsfoot, trout lily, spring beauties, and bloodroot. Meet at the Paint Mine picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Apr
Early Spring Wildflowers at Thacher Park
Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Woodland wildflowers known as spring ephemerals bloom on the forest floor before the trees leaf out and block the sun. The season is short and the blooms of some delicate flowers can disappear in days. We’ll look for early bloomers like hepatica, coltsfoot, trout lily, spring beauties, and bloodroot. Meet at the Paint Mine picnic area. Call 518-872-0800 to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Apr
Celebrate Earth Day at Grafton Lakes State Park at the Welcome Center
Saturday, April 27, 2019 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Enjoy the spring weather and learn positive ways that you can make a difference in protecting the place we all call home– the earth! Games, activities, and a short hike (weather permitting) will make for a fun afternoon. Family friendly. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-register: 518-279-1155.
Registration: Optional
Sat 27 Apr
Baker Trail Hike
Saturday, April 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will summit the Palmertown Mtn range at a comfortable pace. Then we will hike the ridge which is rather flat and takes us past the overlook of Moreau Lake. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. This hike will be a about 4.5-5 miles. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Apr
Baker Trail Hike
Saturday, April 27, 2019 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

The Baker trail is always an enjoyable and challenging hike. We will summit the Palmertown Mtn range at a comfortable pace. Then we will hike the ridge which is rather flat and takes us past the overlook of Moreau Lake. This is a pleasant hike that if we are lucky enough we may get a chance to see some wildlife. This hike will be a about 4.5-5 miles. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Advanced
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Apr
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

This training will teach you to identify the birds using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields. Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up. Call 518-872-0800 to register for this free program
Registration: Required
Sun 28 Apr
Nest Box Monitoring Workshop at Thacher Nature Center
Sunday, April 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

This training will teach you to identify the birds using the birdhouse or nest in your yard and how to monitor the progress of the nestlings. Learn how to obtain and record data and how to keep your baby birds safe from harm. We will go outside to try out your new skills and conduct nest box checks in our fields. Appropriate for adults and children ages 9 & up. Call 518-872-0800 to register for this free program
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join in the statewide volunteer effort to show some love for your favorite park – Thacher Park, of course! There are a variety of projects for different interests and abilities, so bring a friend or family member along. Meet at the Pear Orchard picnic area near the Visitor Center. The event is sponsored by Parks and Trails New York and the Friends of Thacher Park. The Friends will provide a complimentary bbq lunch for all volunteers. Please register online at www.ptny.org. For more information contact the park at 518-872-1237.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Help your favorite park spruce up for spring! Volunteer for a morning of projects in the beautiful outdoors. Morning refreshments provided. Scout groups welcome! Preregistration starts on April first online at www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

I Love My Park Day is back at Max V Shaul State Park! This year we have a great line-up of activities and projects to be completed. If you're not afraid to get some dirt on your hands, join us by registering at www.ptny.org

We are calling on our friends of all ages to come out for a morning of service on park trails, campsites, playground, and Pavilion at Max V Shaul Kill State Park on Saturday May 4th. We also thank our volunteers with free t-shirt and a tasty Lunch! Check-in is at 9am at the Pavilion, Lunch is at Noon and we rap up around 2pm.

Scout troops, outdoor clubs, families and anyone interested are all welcome! Bonus: We will be having a free prize raffle for all those who join us as we spruce up our park for summer!

Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Peebles Island State Park
(518) 268-2188

Peebles Island State Park will host volunteers as part of I Love My Park Day on Saturday May 4, 2019, from 9am-1pm. Help us in the resurfacing of trails, removing brush and downed tree limbs, litter pick up, and other projects. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcomed to take part in the cleanup. Groups are encouraged to participate.

Please bring water, gloves, loppers, stone rakes, shovels, and bug spray. Limited work tools will be available. Activities for children will be available.

Come enjoy the views, picnic with family and friends, hike around the island, watch wildlife, or kayak along the Hudson and Mohawk rivers knowing that you helped make your Park more healthy and beautiful.

Those interested in volunteering at Peebles Island State Park on May 4th can register online in early April at https://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day. Please send an email to friendsofpeebles@gmail.com or call 518-268-2188 with questions.

Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day at Thacher Park
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-1237

Join in the statewide volunteer effort to show some love for your favorite park – Thacher Park, of course! There are a variety of projects for different interests and abilities, so bring a friend or family member along. Meet at the Pear Orchard picnic area near the Visitor Center. The event is sponsored by Parks and Trails New York and the Friends of Thacher Park. The Friends will provide a complimentary bbq lunch for all volunteers. Please register online at www.ptny.org. For more information contact the park at 518-872-1237.
Registration: Required
Mon 27 May
Memorial Day Sand Sculpture Contest
Monday, May 27, 2019 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Who will bring their best “grain game” to the beach this year? Register at 12pm by the Lifeguard Station at Long Pond Beach. Must provide your own tools and props. Judging at 2pm, awards at 3pm. Free to enter, prizes for all!
Sat 01 Jun
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 1, 2019 09:00 AM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Join us for a morning of service in the park, and we’ll thank you with a complimentary barbecue and raffle of goodies! Check-in at 9am at the Grafton Welcome Center, trail work 9:30am-noon, followed by lunch. Please RSVP so we have projects and food for all: 518-279-1155.
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Jul
Smart Start Kayaking Course
Saturday, July 6, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 20 Jul
10th Annual Summer Fest
Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Minekill State Park presents our 10th annual Summer Festival. Come out to the park on July 20th for local food, vendors, exhibitors, music, entertainment, open pools, games, environmental education presentations, and much much more. This event will be held from 10 am till 6 pm. Fun for all ages and free for all. As we get closer to summer check out Facebook for updates of this festival. For more information contact the parks office 518-827-8690